Yacht firm announces new U.S. commercial director

September 8, 2021  |  Company News, News

IYC, one of the world’s largest international yachting companies, has hired D.J. Kiernan as its new U.S. commercial director. Kiernan has held numerous roles in the yachting industry and also founded Young Professionals in Yachting, now the largest association in the industry. IYC has more than 10…
Glen Raven addresses supply chain issues

September 7, 2021  |  Industry News, News

In a recent news release distributed by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), Kirk Fitzsimmons, director of industrial sales for Glen Raven Inc., discussed the continuing supply challenges for fabricators ordering Sunbrella fabrics. “We’re seeing unprecedented levels of demand for…
Marine Mat now ISO 9001:2015 certified

September 2, 2021  |  Industry News

Marine Mat, which manufactures EVA traction mats to the marine industry, officially became ISO 9001:2015 certified on July 29th, 2021. This certification is the international standard that specifies requirements for quality management systems, says Robby Wellden, general manager. “The ISO 9001 cer…
Tampa and St. Petersburg boat shows to merge, moved to January 2022

September 1, 2021  |  Events, Other Events

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Informa Markets announced the merger of the Progressive® Insurance Tampa Boat Show with the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show. The Tampa Boat Show was scheduled to take place Sept. 10-12, 2021, and will now be held in conjunction with …
Supporting employees’ mental health

September 1, 2021  |  Business

Employers can help shift post-pandemic priorities from surviving to thriving. By Courtney Patt As we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been reflecting on the year that was—or perhaps wasn’t. For a vast number of folks, priorities have shifted from simply surviving to remai…
Products and techniques for custom cushions

September 1, 2021  |  Interiors & Upholstery, Projects

By Terri Madden and Alayna Wool What do you do when a customer requests something that is outside your realm of experience? How do you elevate your skills in order to work on the type of projects you love? How do you learn about new product offerings and materials from suppliers? By reading columns …
Pontoon enclosure process honed to perfection

September 1, 2021  |  Exterior and Cover, Projects

By Michael Charpentier Here at Paul’s Custom Canvas Inc., we have seen our fair share of pontoon boats over the years. Some of the first were a few pieces of wood bolted to two pontoons with basic seating and a rail to keep you from falling in the water. They had a 75-horsepower motor that &hellip…
Taking the next step: Jeff Newkirk grows his business

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Pushed by the pandemic, Jeff Newkirk envisions a growth plan for Precision Custom Canvas.   By Michelle Miron Jeff Newkirk, MFC, started sailing at such a young age, he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t entranced with sailboats, the glide across open water and the call of the open wind.  Th…
New solutions to some sticky textile problems

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Supply chain issues aside, advancements in marine fabrics bring long-awaited solutions to at least some of the problems that have plagued marine canvas manufacturers since the dawn of the industry. by Sigrid Tornquist Despite a log-jammed supply chain and an increase in the number of people who want…
Shade sails on land and sea

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Honing your math skills can open up new markets. By Jeff Moravec On the way to becoming the owner of Wyckam Fabric Creations in Portland, Ore., Amy Poe developed a set of eclectic skills that have come in handy in the wide world of fabrication. She earned degrees in physics and Spanish and specializ…